West Shore Drive to close after Labor Day

For Immediate Release: Friday, August 18, 2017

Sponsored by: Department of Land Use and Transportation, Operations and Maintenance Division

Hankins Slide closure mapWest Shore Drive will close north of Hankins Drive after Labor Day for landslide mitigation.

The work is scheduled for after Labor Day to accommodate visitors to the area during the holiday weekend. West Shore Drive was weight limited to 10 tons at the Hankins Road landslide starting in February, due to further settlement of the road.

Only one traffic lane has been open since July 2015. Weight limiting the road helped to avoid a full closure. Washington County Department of Land Use & Transportation Operations and Maintenance Division crews and park rangers monitor the site so that any sudden changes can be addressed immediately.

This portion of West Shore Drive repair and improvements is included in Phase 2 of the Hagg Lake Perimeter Road Planned Maintenance project. The design work for Phase 3, scheduled to being in spring 2018, is nearing completion. It will include stabilizing an active landslide north of Scott Hill Road, replacing three culverts, asphalt overlay and guardrail upgrades.

About $5.8 million of the $8.5 million cost for the West Shore Drive project will be funded through a Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) grant;the remaining $2.7 million will be funded by the County. 

Washington County is committed to planning, building and maintaining a great transportation system, ensuring the safety of all roadway users, and operating the County roadway system in a cost-effective and environmentally responsible manner.

Media Contact:

Melissa De Lyser, Communications Manager